Starting from Conclusion
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

September 1, 2017, Phoenix-Los Angeles, American Airlines

If Tuesday is weapons tonight at Krav Maga class, then we know what to expect. If I say; now we are working on defense vs a knife attack, then you know what to expect. 

Now here is the problem with most martial arts; They start from a conclusion. 

What do I mean by this?

Imagine the following; an angel appears before you and tells you the events of your life that will unfold in the future: at age 18 you will face the challenge of being rejected by a university, at age 20 you will face a challenge with a girl friend, at age 25 you will have to deal with a major business decision and at age 30 you will have to cope with purchasing your first home. So now you know what to expect and how to be ready. When the situation arrives you have a prepared response. 

But we all know that life does not work that way, not at all. Life is full of surprises, many of them unpleasant. 

When you just signed on a house and then your boss informs you that your services are no longer required, Ouch! that hurts. What do you do now?

When you are planning a wedding and then the young woman gets cold feet and says "I can't". What now?

You are not prepared for this specific situation. All you can have are tools and the right mental state. This means we cannot predict every life situation. A father cannot prepare a son for every specific misfortune that may come but he can give him the tools and the mental and emotional fortitude to deal with the unexpected disappointments of life. 

Krav Maga is the same. 

Most/all schools prepare for a "Knife Attack", we do not. Why? Because we do not know it is a knife attack until it is too late. We only know it is a knife attack in most cases after the attack. I am not talking about a case where you see the person pull out the knife, I am dealing with surprise attacks. 

We only know the full nature of the attack after the fact. So we can write a nice report, a history. But as it is happening we do not yet know what is really happening. Thus the problem that most styles of martial arts deal with a conclusion, i.e. it is a knife attack, even though they only know this after the fact. As it is happening all we know is that an attack is taking place. 

Thus our approach at IKI is to develop tools that work for many kinds of attacks. We focus on Concepts and Tools. When the attack comes we do not respond to that specific attack, as we do not know its full nature at that instant, we respond to the general movement with the tools and concepts with which we have trained. This is a totally different approach to traditional training. 

Leaders of IKI Ukraine, an innovative approach. Seminar next month, October 2017

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